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AT 105 Saxon Armored Personnel Carrier

 

Saxon APC


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Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain [and others including Bahrain, Brunei, Djibouti, Honk Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Serbia, Somalia (via Djibouti), Ukraine & United Arab Emirates]
First Produced/Service Dates: 1983 (1992 for the "Patrol" Vehicle)
Manufactured by: BAE Land Systems (Originally GKN Defence)
Crew: 2+8 (10 maximum)
Armament: 7.62mm Single or Twin Machine Gun on fixed cupola or Peak Engineering turret
Engine: 6-Cylinder Diesel (Turbo Diesel in the "Patrol" Vehicle)
Miscellaneous Info: The Saxon was developed to carry troops to the battlefield (a "battle taxi") rather than into battle and was to replace the British Military's Humber "Pig" and Saracen APC's that were being used in that same capacity. The Saxon was built on a monocoque hull and used many components of the Bedford TM 8-Ton Truck. Many variants of the Saxon were built including an Ambulance, Command Vehicle, Internal Security Patrol Vehicle (AKA Saxon Patrol), Mortar Carrier and Recovery Vehicle.  The Saxon Patrol Vehicle was originally developed for use in Northern Ireland and probably the most utilized variant, being used as both an APC and Ambulance.  The Saxon Patrol was extensively improved by (among other things) giving it a full interior makeover (including new spaced-armor), fitting a more powerful turbo-diesel engine, adding a barricade removal device (bull-bar) and the fitting of mesh covers on the windows.  Some vehicles were fitted with other equipment including "Bar Armor" or extendable side-mounted anti-riot shields (called the "Flying Saxon").
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Saxon APC Photos Martyn Smith - England
Saxon APC Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
Saxon Ambulance Photos Colin Patterson - Belfast, Northern Ireland UK
Saxon Internal Security Patrol Vehicle Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
Saxon Internal Security Patrol Vehicle Photos Colin Patterson
Saxon Internal Security Patrol Vehicle Photo "Spit" - Northern Ireland
"Flying Saxon" Internal Security Patrol Vehicle Photos Ian Young

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Saxon APC Information and Photos Armed Forces.co.uk Website
Saxon APC Information and Photos Army Guide
Saxon APC Information and Photos Army Recognition.Com
Saxon APC Information and Photos Khaki Corps Imports
Saxon APC Information and Photos Military Power
Saxon APC Information and Photos Military Today

Printed

Reference Author
"British Army Vehicles In Ulster" (January 1996 Issue of Military In Scale Magazine) Bob Morrison

"Desert Insurgency" (December 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Carl Schulze
"Flying Saxon" (December 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (Fourth Edition) Christopher F. Foss
"On Patrol: Part 2" (April 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher

"Royal Malaysian Police" (September 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Ian Stroud

"The Saxon in British Army Service" (November 2002 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

 
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Saxon Mk 1 APC Model Kit (K054) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multimedia Kit
Saxon Mk 2 APC (with "Peak" Turret) Model Kit (K063) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multimedia Kit
AT-105 Saxon APC Model Kit (TQ-212) Kit Form Services (KFS) 1/24 Multimedia Kit
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Model Source/Provider
1/35 Accurate Armour Saxon "Patrol" APC Model Kit Roy Kinsella - Dublin, Ireland